Striving for a peaceful world through Yoga

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
5th December 2011

Leading Yoga Gurus come together for a World Yoga Day

Bangalore. December 5. 2011: With ‘World peace’ on their minds at the International Yoga Summit, Yoga Gurus of leading lineages deliberated on using Yoga as a tool to bring inner harmony thus creating a peaceful world.

The two-day conference titled ‘Yoga: A Science for World Peace’ was organized by The Art of Living and SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru, jointly with Yoga Portuguese Confederation of Lisbon, Portugal on Dec 4th & 5th, 2011, at The Art of living International Centre.

A proclamation for having UN and UNESCO declare the 21 June as ‘World Yoga Day’ was also signed by all the eminent guests.

HH Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living; HH Shri Swami Bala Gangadharanath of Adi Chun Chun Giri Mutt; HH Swami Paramátmánanda, General Secretary of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha; BKS Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune; HH Swami Ramdev, Patañjali Yogpeeth, Haridvar ; HH Dr. Nagendra, Vivekánanda Yoga University, Bengaluru; HH Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Ráj, President of Yoga Portuguese Confederation; HH Subodh Tiwari , Keivalyadhama Yoga Institute; Dr. D.R Kaarthikeyan, Advisor: Law-Human Responsibilities-Corporate Affairs and Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi were present for the conference.

Emphasizing on the importance of yoga, Gurudev said, “Yoga makes you like a child again. When there is yoga and vedanta, there is no lack, impurity, ignorance and injustice. We need to take yoga to the doorstep of everyone and free the world of misery.”

At this Yoga Summit, yoga masters came together to evolve master plans to standardize yoga education with a fine balance between classical teachings and contributions from renowned Gurus and leading yoga schools. The conference saw deliberations on various topics such as Physical and Emotional Health through Yoga, Mental Health through Yoga and Challenges faced by Yoga Masters.

Baba Ramdev addressed the gathering on ‘Mental health through Yoga’ and spoke on yoga bringing the much  needed pratyahara (sense of withdrawal), dharana (one pointedness), dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (super consciousness).

The two-day conference concluded with a meditation led by Gurudev.